Musings about music.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Static Waves

I am kind of in love with this song right now.

You can get his album The Ladder on iTunes or Amazon.   

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Darrelle London - Bad

Found this on Perez Hilton's YouTube page tonight and HAD to share it.

I love how adorable both she and the song are!  He's got several of her covers up and they are also really cute.  He has signed her to his new label Perezcious Music.  Darrelle was the winner of the Toronto Lilith Fair Local Talent competition. 

You can buy the single on iTunes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies

You don't have to have, or be, a baby to enjoy this Indie lullaby CD.

I originally ordered mine after finding out that both Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel* would be among the performers on the album.  Also appearing on this lovely compilation are Tanya Donelly, Trespassers William, Dean & Britta, Snowbird, Neil Halstead, Stars, and The Leisure Society, among others.

From start to finish this disc is full of relaxing pop melodies that come across more like lullabies for adults than for children.   I could listen to Jenny's cover of The Red House Painter's Have You Forgotten on repeat for days without getting tired of it, and the Trespassers Williams cover of Rainbow Connection is so pure and beautiful.

Also the proceeds from this album go to The Valarie Fund and organization dedicated to helping children with cancer.  So what are you waiting for?

*Julie appears on the limited edition copy only.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers

This weekend I got my pre-order of Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers and it's by far the most impressive EP I've heard to date. I had already heard each of the tracks several times live over the course of the last few months but they really came to fruition in the studio and surpassed my expectations.

Super amazing photo by Shervin Lainez

I was thrilled that Favorite Day made it on to the album, it's my favorite track but they are all wonderful. Whether you are already well versed in the Bess Rogers catalog, or if you've never listened to her music before this 5 track smorgasbord of pop melodies has something for everyone.

Seriously, buy it asap!

I'm anxious to see Bess again this week when she is on tour with Quadraphonic favorite Allison Weiss and also Lelia Broussard.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Things I Never Needed - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Sorry for such a long absence! My Dad being sick had kind of sucked a bit of inspiration out of me but I am going to make an effort to post on a regular basis again. For awhile I wasn't really seeking out new music but I'm feeling a bit better now and I think that's a positive sign.

This is one of my favorite current songs, I was seeking out the album version to post but only found this stripped down live version, which is equally (maybe more) amazing.

If you haven't heard the full album yet, which is a self-titled release, you are REALLY missing out.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bess Rogers - I Don't Worry (new video)

Had to post this adorable new video from Bess. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Life update

So, I don't normally talk about personal things in this blog, because my intention has always been for it to be only about music. In addition I tend to keep my private life very private and I don't often discuss it with anyone. That being said I haven't updated in two and a half weeks and I feel like an explaination is warranted. In addition sometimes I just feel better when I write things out.

Life is funny, not so much funny ha-ha, but funny strange. I wrote this tonight and I hope it more fully explains my recent absence. I will pick things back up soon I've just been... preoccupied.

Inoperable. The rest of the words blend together because they are long, and scientific, and I don’t fully understand them but that one stands out. Inoperable. In my thesaurus it’s adjectives are: not curable, terminal, fatal, deadly, permanent, untreatable, and grave. It is the word that means my dad is going to die. I mean, we’re all going to die, but he’s going to die soon. Sooner than I am ready for.

It was only 13 days ago that I spoke with my mother (for the first time in three years) and in our surprisingly nonchalant conversation she mentioned that she was worried about my step father because he had been very forgetful lately. She told me that he was putting off going to see a doctor until after their upcoming trip to Las Vegas. May 19th would be their 20th wedding anniversary and they had planned a trip to Las Vegas to renew their vows.

On Saturday, the 8th of May my parents were on their way to my step brother’s house. He and his new wife are expecting their first baby September. On the way there Dale got lost a couple of times. At first my mom thought it was just because the houses in the developments look similar and she didn’t think much of it.
When they went to leave that night Michael had to tie Dale’s shoes because he could not remember how to do it himself. I can’t imagine what that must have felt like for either of them. It makes me cry every time I think about it.

The next day my family spent Mother’s Day at my Grandfather Chuck’s house. They had a cookout and there were two tables set up. One of the tables held hot food items like burgers and hot dogs, and the other table had salads and desserts. When everyone was making their plates Dale just stopped and stood there at one table because he couldn’t figure out how to get to the other one.

At that point they told him that he had to go to the hospital. I didn’t know about this until later that night when my Grandma Bev called me and told me what had happened. While at the hospital they discovered a brain tumor near his frontal lobe that is about the size of a hard boiled chicken egg, cut in half.

Today, May 19, is the day my parents were supposed to be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, the day they were set to renew their vows. Instead they spent the morning in a hospital, seeing four doctors who each specialize in different things. The news is that my dad has a stage IV inoperable glioblastoma tumor. Tomorrow morning his doctor will do a biopsy to determine the best course of therapy. There will be radiation and chemotherapy.

The MRI today did "brain mapping", tomorrow they will use something similar to a GPS and a laser to take two or three samples of the tumor. Glioblastoma multiforme is most aggressive type of primary brain tumor in humans. For adults the median survival is about one year.

My biological father has been completely non-existent in my life. Dale is the only father I have ever known and he’s been in my life for the last 22 years. I don’t even know if I can put into words what I’m feeling. I am sad, and I am angry when there is no one to be angry at. I feel like I am going to puke and cry at the same time. I'm worried about my mom, and my two brothers who are closer to my family then I am. I feel irritated that I live so far away and that I'm not there with them during this time.

We will have to wait and see what the biopsy tells us but the outlook is not good. I am a terrible pessimist and I know this. I frequently fail to see the good in situations, and I’m simply not a very hopeful person. I don’t pray and I am not at all a religious person so when things like this happen I don’t have faith to fall back on, I only can hope that at some point I will understand why this is happening.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Maryanna Sokol - Landfill

Previously listed as an Artist To Watch on this blog Maryanna Sokol is releasing her first album, produced by Andrew Futral (Age Of Rockets).

I haven't gotten a chance to hear the whole thing yet but what I have heard is really wonderful, so head over to digstation and listen to some clips. Then buy it!!!

She will be playing her first official New York show this Thursday May 6th at Bar4 in Brooklyn. Katie Costello will also be playing that night, she's another artist I've been listening to a lot lately (in fact she's on my April playlist). So if you're local, stop by for a fantastic line-up!

Friday, April 23, 2010

An Horse - Postcards

New video up from An Horse for their song Postcards.

I really like what they did here, I think it's inventive and I'm glad they did a video for a song that I like so much.

An Horse is currently on tour with Kaki King, if you get a chance go see them!

While you're at it Kaki just released her new LP Junior. I haven't gotten a chance to pick it up yet but I've never been let down by her and I'm hoping to get it soon.

Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire

After five years Sarah Harmer is releasing a new solo album. It's called Oh Little Fire, and is due to be released on June 22 via Zoë/Rounder.

You can hear the albums first single Captive on her official website. It's a little faster and more "rock" then I am used to from her but I'm really liking it so far and looking forward to hearing more.

Check out Sarah's Myspace here.

Andrew Bird - Meet Me Here At Dawn (cover)

Andrew Bird and Priscilla Ahn’s cover of Cass McCombsMeet Me Here at Dawn is really stunning. This video is part of The Voice Project, “a song-driven movement inspired by the women of Uganda who are using their voices and songs as vehicles for change in the war-ravaged region of Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Eastern Congo.”

I've enjoyed all of the videos posted and it's worth checking all of them out here.

Andrew Bird » Cass McCombs from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Slow Runner - Trying To Put Your Heart Back Together

I was initially interested in watching this video from Slow Runner because one of their band members is a member of the band Jump little Children whom I used to listen to a lot. I really like it and will probably seek out some more music from them. They seem like a pretty cool band, with a clever bio, and a nice relaxing sound.

Mates Of State - Crushes

Mates of State, one of my favorite husband/wife duos in the music scene, have announced that they will be releasing their album Crushes this summer. It is the first full length album both recorded and produced by the couple.

The LP consists of 10 tracks, all cover songs and I'm anxious to hear it. The track list is as follows:

1. Laura (Girls)
2. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
3. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
4. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
5. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
6. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
7. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
8. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
9. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

Get a free MP3 of the first single Laura on their official site. If you're not familiar with the pair, head over to their Myspace to listen to some older tracks.

Artist To Watch - Lonely Drifter Karen

Photo taken by Sandrine Derselle via LDK Myspace.

Lonely Drifter Karen is a trio of people with different musical backgrounds, from folk and rock to cabaret, experimental, classical, pop music and more. The band consists of Austrian singer Tanja Frinta, pianist and producer Marc Melià Sobrevias from Spain, and Italian Giorgio Fausto Menossi on drums and percussion. It originally started as a solo project for the vocalist and evolved into the current line-up.

Their album Fall Of Spring was just released via Crammed Discs and it's well worth a listen. You can get it on Amazon or iTunes. It can also be purchased via Crammed Discs.

Artist To Watch - Adrienne Pierce

Vancouver native Adrienne Pierce is releasing her third album this June and I am super excited for it's release. The first track made available is Monsters and I really like it.

I had never heard of Adrienne before, but Wears The Trousers did a write up about her upcoming LP Oh Deer and after doing some more research and listening to some tracks on her Myspace, I can't wait to hear the rest.

Also look at that cover, how could I possibly not love it?!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Artist To Watch - Claire Small

I'm really digging this artists. Claire Small is about to release her third album but I only heard about her a couple of weeks ago. She's like a twangier Ingrid Michaelson.

You can get a free download of her song How Do You Like Love on her official site. It is the title track of her newest album, set for release on May 18th from Freedom Records.

Also check out her Myspace for some previously released tracks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1

Can I just say... I LOVE THIS ALBUM!

I grew up listening to Hall & Oats and to hear them redone with the sort of indie pop melodies I have grown to love from The Bird & The Bee is really awesome.

They stuck to classic H & O without throwing in many tracks that were not big hits for the original artists. I am really growing to adore their covers. Their version of I'm Into Something Good from the Valentine's Day soundtrack has been really heavy in my rotation recently.

Even if you're not a fan of Hall & Oats this is worth checking out! You can get the CD on Amazon or download it from iTunes. The iTunes link is also featuring the originals presented in the same order as the B&B album.

I'm also pretty stoked that this says Volume 1, leading me to believe that they intend to produce more of these interpretation discs. I hope so, seriously loving this.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Artist To Watch - Alessi's Ark

Just discovered her, love love love this so far. She's been playing frequently with Laura Marling and that's a perfect fit as their music is really complimentary. In addition she's about the same age as Marling. The talent of these two girls who are 19 and 20 is still pretty astounding to me.

You can find several songs on her Myspace.

I'm particularly fond of her track Robot, which is still fairly new.

She recently moved away from Virgin, her major label record, to one of my favorite independent labels, Bella Union (Laura Veirs, Beach House, Fleet Foxes).

Her first EP with them was released at the beginning of April and you can purchase it on her official site.

Monday, April 12, 2010

March 2010

Sorry about the delay on this one... I had it finished last month but in my recent conversion from Windows Media Player to iTunes I managed to delete all of my playlists so March 2010 had to be started again from scratch.

In addition that transition to iTunes has been VERY time consuming for me because it has meant moving, cleaning, and organizing about 25,000 music files. I'm almost done with the move and I'm a lot happier using iTunes then I thought I would be (thank God for Tune-Up).

So, here's my March 2010 playlist, just click the album cover. I will be converting this and the previous 6 months of lists or so onto iTunes Imixes so that if you want to purchase the songs on iTunes it will be quick and easy :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Flamboyant Bella

I just read about this UK group last night but I can't stop listening to their song Abbi.

I'm posting a youtube link here so I can share it's awesomeness with you!

The singer's voice reminds me a lot of Kate Nash, probably one of the reasons I like it so much :)

The video cuts the last bit off but you can find the song on their Myspace as well.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ben Folds and Chat Roulette

So, lately Ben Folds has been using Chat Roulette during his shows.

If you aren't familiar with the site, basically you get on your webcam and it randomly connects you to someone else with a cam and you can "chat".

I've not personally used the site, but I hear it's mostly penises... However, as you can see here, when you log on with a massive crowd of fans and a piano, hilarity ensues.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Artist To Watch - Lost in the Trees

All Alone In an Empty House, due May 11 from Anti, is an expanded and remixed version of Picker and company's 2008 album, with two additional tracks. Noted indie producer Scott Solter (Spoon, St. Vincent) worked with Picker on the revamped and expanded (and, in parts, re-recorded) version of House, an album that received solid reviews but limited, small-label exposure.

Very mellow orchestral pop, I'm liking what I've heard a lot, definitely an album to look out for.

You can Pre-Order on Amazon.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hayley Hutchinson - Ghosts In The Trees

I initially checked out this album because I really liked the cover art, I'm really glad I did :)

Hayley Hutchinson is a British singer-songwriter, born in Northumbria in 1981. Much of her childhood was spent living on a croft in Scotland where she taught herself to sing by harmonizing to Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. As a teenager she moved to York where the likes of Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons inspired her to pick up a guitar and write her own songs.

Since then she's produced a steady amount of independently-released albums and toured extensively.

March 30's Ghosts In The Trees, her third LP has a little more pop influence and a little less blue-grassy feel but it comes together really nicely.

You can check out some tracks from it on her Myspace. The whole thing is only $6.99 on Amazon, and well worth it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Alanis Morissette - I Remain

Alanis Morissette has recorded a song for the upcoming Prince Of Persia movie and it's currently streaming on Spinner.

I'm a pretty big fan of hers and I really like this song, I love the Arabian music.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Kaiser Cartel - Secret Transit

I don't have details yet other then it's coming out June 8th, it's called Secret Transit, and cover art has been posted.

I'm really excited for this, I LOVE their first LP March Forth.

While I'm at it, stop by Daytrotter and download their in studio album for free!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dum Dum Girls

Released on March 30, 2010 I will Be, the first album from California's Dum Dum Girls is full of catchy, upbeat tracks.

They are currently on tour and recently played NYC.

They've been generating a lot of buzz the last few weeks in the blog circuit and they are worth your time, fans of girlie rock music like Sleater-Kinney or Throwing Muses will particularly enjoy what they have to offer.

I will be is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Check out the track Jail La La below.

The Civil Wars - Poison & Wine

This duet is so beautiful. I think I watched this video like 20 times today. I don't think I can describe it better then a YouTube commenter already has...

wild7card7 Firstly I must say, beautiful.
My thoughts on this differ then the few I have read. I feel this song and video are speaking to the trials and tribulations, the struggles and strengths and the intensity of love. We don't chose who we love - that pull - that draw can be so strong - so overwhelming that you feel it's beyond your control. Love can be tough. It can make your heart ache and it can make your heart sing. This song to me is a representation of the painfully beautiful elements of love. 4 days ago
TheCivilWars (uploader) LOVE this response. Thank you! 3 days ago

Then I downloaded their EP on iTunes... All of the songs are really good and I highly recommend it.

Also they have a live album available for free download on their Myspace.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Spring Standards - Would Things Be Different

After a promising Rhett Miller (The Old 97s) produced EP, The Spring Standards return with their fan-funded independent debut album Would Things Be Different on April 13.

Two tracks from the upcoming album can be found on the band's Myspace page. I am REALLY loving Bells and Whistles (track below) and I can't wait to hear the rest of the album! The sample clips on Amazon sound very promising.

Jennie Arnau - Chasing Giants

On her fourth studio album, Jennie Arnau continues to create her unique blend of grassroots Americana and indie rock. Taking the southern styling of her South Carolina roots with the big city polish of her current New York City home.

Chasing Giants has an April 13, 2010 release date and will be purchasable in her store.
The album is still undeniably country infused, but fans of lighter indie rock will enjoy it as well. Her sound is similar to Dawn Landes, one of my favorite artists.

Check out her song For The Winter below. Additional tracks can be found streaming on her Myspace.

Lou Rhodes - One Good Thing

One Good Thing, is the third album from Lou Rhodes, the dusky-voiced singer/songwriter best known in the U.S. as one half of the duo Lamb. It was just released in the UK and has a US release date of April 20, 2010.

You can check out some tracks at Lou's Myspace page. Also she's offering a free download of the song There For The Taking on her website.

This album is deeply personal for Lou who wrote the songs during a time of a "dark valley" after her sister's suicide and the ending of a long relationship. Raising her children alone in the secluded British countryside, the devastated Rhodes began writing songs to help bring her out of what she looks back on as her emotional free fall.

This is not a happy record, it's tone is understandably melancholy but also gives tiny glimmers of optimism for the road ahead. The title alone a message that sometimes, all you need is one good thing to keep going. Every track here is beautifully produced and worth a listen, or ten.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Artist to Watch - Keaton Simons

I can't recall how I stumbled upon Keaton Simons but I'm glad I did. His step father is actor Eric Roberts and he's done a nice job of promoting the young man's music. Keaton is about to begin a tour with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. Pretty impressive.

Check out his song Without Your Skin (featured on the TV show Harper's Island) below.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wye Oak - My Neighbor / My Creator

Less than a year after their acclaimed, dark triumph The Knot, Baltimore’s Wye Oak offer My Neighbor / My Creator, a vibrant EP that brims with melody and creative detours over five new recordings.

The EP is set to be released June 8, 2010 but if you don't want to wait, you can purchase it digitally now on Merge Records in MP3 or FLAC format.

Check out one of the tracks, the I Hope You Die below and additional tunes on their Myspace page.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

From Grace Potter and the Nocturnal's Myspace
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the emerging Vermont-based band’s third album for Hollywood Records, will be released on June 8. Produced by Mark Batson (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band), this captivating new recording showcases the Vermont-based band’s new five-piece configuration, in which singer and Hammond B3 player Potter, lead guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Burr are joined by bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem) and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco, “This record is the first time it’s really been us — the first time we’ve all found each other and ourselves,” says Potter. Adds Burr, “Every record you make, you always say, ‘This is the one.’ But with this lineup we’ve cracked the code.” The track listing for the 13-track disc is as follows:

Track listing for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
1. “Paris”
2. “Oasis”
3. “Medicine”
4. “Goodbye Kiss”
5. “Tiny Light”
6. “Colors”
7. “Only Love”
8. “Money”
9. “One Short Night”
10. “Low Road”
11. “That Phone”
12. “Hot Summer Night”
13. “Things I Never Needed”

The first single Tiny Light is now streaming on their Myspace page and it's well worth checking out. You can also view the video on Rolling Stone here.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals recently wrapped up some SXSW shows and I think this album is really going to push them in the right direction.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Artist To Watch - Lail Arad

I don't know enough about Lail Arad, but I want to. Hailing from London Lail has been making music for a few years and is releasing her first EP Someone New this Spring (soon I hope?)

The songs I've heard from her I absolutely love, each one is like a cute little story. This is an album I can't wait for!

Check out the track Who Am I below, but do yourself a favor and visit her Myspace for my personal favorite, Winter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Artist To Watch - Matthew and the Atlas

Drawing comparisons to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, London's Matthew Hegarty and his backing band The Atlas find a way to intertwine both traditional U.K. folk elements and contemporary acoustic song crafting. A must listen for fans of the genre.

Matthew and the Atlas are currently on tour with another band I'm really loving. Recently mentioned Mumford and Sons.

Their debut, the upcoming EP, To The North will be released April 12, 2010, I highly recommend it.

Check out the new track I Will Remain below.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Artist To Watch - Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt isn't new to the music scene but she's new to me, and she might be new to you also.

Merritt began her professional career in 1998 playing small gigs in Chapel hill and Raleigh. I would describe her sound as country folk, she reminds me a bit of EmmyLou Harris. She has a new album being released on June 1, 2010 and I'm anxious to hear it. In addition, My Morning Jacket front man Jim James (aka Yim Yames) is featured on the upcoming track Feel Of The World.

I'm not usually big on "country" music, but she's got a beautiful voice, nice melodies, and the overall package is something I'm enjoying. She's streaming some new material on her official site and I can only assume they are tracks from the upcoming See You On The Moon.

For an example of her sound, check out her track Broken from her 2008 release Another Country(Fantasy Records).

Artist to Watch - School of the Seven Bells

Brooklyn based School of the Seven Bells have a new album coming out this Spring, if you aren't familiar with their work you should get acquainted! Start with Half-Asleep my favorite track from their debut album Alpinisms.

They recently toured with another of my favorites The XX.

Jonsi - Go Do

Oh look you guys! It's more from the new Jonsi album!

Love this! Reminder, new album s being released April 6th and is well worth picking up!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

I first came across Mumford & Sons when their song Little Lion Man appeared on the UK Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 74. I was instantly smitten with it and it's catchy chorus, "It was not your fault but mine. It was your heart on the line. I really fucked it up this time, didn’t I, my dear?”

I almost immediately went to find an LP from the band, but it wasn't out yet. I forgot that it was on it's way until I came across a copy of Sigh No More (Island Records) at the radio station and popped it in. My first response was, "wow."

Seriously, this album is really, really good.

I can honestly see this London quartet achieving success in the music scene that will surpass that of current folk. Where artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Noah and the Whale have started a revival of sorts to much critical acclaim though not achieving much in the way of popular success. I did, after all, find the first single on a Now! disc, which is more then I can say for most music to come from the folk scene.

Drawing inspiration from The Avett Brothers to Arcade Fire. Comparisons are abundant but you shouldn't pigeonhole this band into your standard folk. I'm greatly impressed by them and this album. Not only is it nice to listen to, but they have already created their own style that draws on their influences without mimicking them. Distinct from, but closely related to their contemporaries.

In addition front man Marcus Mumford has certainly proven the ability to write good music. Every song builds beautifully and twists into gorgeous melodies and musical compositions. The excellence of my favorite track Little Lion Man (below) is just the tip of the iceberg.

Phantogram - Eyelid Movies

Hailing from the small town of Saratoga Springs, NY Phantogram is an indie duo that certainly love their hip-hopey beats. Although their hushed, delicate indie rock vibe sounds right at home on the Bursuk label (Rilo Kiley, Mates of State, Death Cab For Cutie), the 11 songs on this full length debut are back boned by electronic beats similar to those of The XX and Portishead. Toss in a little shoegaze guitar and soft vocals and you’ve got a recipe that's something really delicious!

Their first full length album, a follow up to a 2009 5 song EP, was released on February 9, 2010. For fans of the genre they are definitely worth checking out! Phantogram has recently toured with the likes of Zero 7, Ra Ra Riot and Yeasayer. You can purchase the album on iTunes. Check out my personal favorite Mouthful Of Diamonds below.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sarah McLachlan & Lilith Fair

Sarah McLachlan is about to do something she hasn’t done in seven years. Release a new album of original material.

The Laws of Illusion album is still being recorded at studios in Montreal and Vancouver. It's slated to be released on June 15, it will feature longtime-collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand. McLachlan’s last original album, Afterglow, came out in 2003.

Fans who pre-order the album on her website will have the chance to buy tickets to the revived Lilith Fair tour before anyone else.

Early buyers will also get an instant download of the song McLachlan performed at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, One Dream.

You have just under three days to take advantage of this and you can pre-order here. That link also gives some instruction on how the pre-sale will work if you plan on going to a date that hasn't already been announced.

I wish they would finalize some more lists to make it easier to plan for this! Hopefully soon :)

You Tube - Musicians Wanted

I just read about this new program on Drowned In Sound and it sounds like a really great opportunity for independent musicians to make some additional revenue.

Also it will probably mean more creative music videos which is always a plus!

Good work Youtube, certainly a step in the right direction!

Read the article here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards

It seems Jack White's plans have changed a bit in regard to The Dead Weather's sophmore album. He told Triple J radio early last month that the new album “should be out in April,” following the first single Blue Blood Blues. The actual release date, appears to be May 7 in Ireland and likely the 11th in the U.S.

The band’s choice for the first single has also changed. According to an Amazon listing, the first single will be Die By The Drop accompanied by b-side Old Mary. You can listen to a 30-second clip of each song, which are due out next week March 23rd.

You can also catch some new artwork up on their official site but further details haven't been released yet.

The National - High Violet

Already one of the most anticipated albums of 2010, The National have revealed the title and release date for their upcoming album. High Violet is due out May 11th in the US. I haven't seen an official track list yet but the cover art is below.

I'm sure many of the albums songs will be played on their current Spring tour, as far as what to expect, lyricist and front man Matt Berninger says
We started out trying to make a fun pop record. I had the word HAPPINESS taped to my wall. We veered off that course immediately. We’ve narrowed it down to about 15 songs now and it’s going to be our best record (one song you can dance to) but it can’t be described as happy.

They recently debuted the opening track Terrible Love on Jimmy Fallon, check it out below.

Kate Nash - Do Wah Doo

The video for Kate Nash's first single has been released. Catch it here.

SO excited for this to finally be out and to see her in NYC in April!

She's also announced that the title of the new album is My Best Friend Is You.

Weepies - Be My Thrill

YES YES YES!!! Finally some news on the new album from The Weepies which was recorded recently. The album will be called Be My Thrill it will be released May 25th via Nettwerk Records.

It marks the duo's fourth release since pairing up in 2002. Recorded at their home studio over the past year, the album will include new songs Hummingbird, Tiny Binds and Empty Your Hands as well as the title track. Guests on the album include Colbie Caillat, Meghan Toohey and producer/bassist Larry Klein.

No matter what's going on with me I can always count on The Weepies to brighten my day... How ironic is that.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sia -We Are Born

Sia has just released six preview tracks from her upcomming album We Are Born, due to be released June 8th.

I can already tell from the previews that I am going to LOVE this album. It's got a different sound then her previous work and clearly has taken a lot of it's influence from the earlier Brit disco era. The tracks are upbeat, fun, and melodic.

All tracks were co-produced with Greg Kursten (The Bird and the Bee, Lily Allen), and they are indeed the brightly colored pop confections that she's been promising.

You can check them all out at her official website. My favorite so far is You've Changed, shown below.

Tune Up Application

Dude... seriously awesome.

If you use Itunes and you have a lot of digital music files this program is a LIFESAVER.

I've recently been trying to weed through my massive MP3 collection (over 20,000 egads!) using Itunes and it was taking FOREVER.

I found this application called Tune Up that claimed it would do most of the clean up for me. I was really skeptical but they give you a 100 song trial before you buy. I had tried a different trial program before and it didn't work at all so I had low expectations.

I was fucking blown away. I had tracks labeled 01 - unknown - unknown artist - unknown album and it knew what it was! Things that had been downloaded 11 years ago when I was in college that were labeled with incorrect artists or spelled wrong were all getting fixed.

It's less then $25 for a life-time use of the product and if you have a lot of files like me it will save you a ton of time.

Also if you use the code JKtuni064 you save 15%

Laura Warshauer

Hey guys! If you missed Laura Warshauer when she was on the radio show in February the show is up online now, links on the left side will play audio for you. Check them out!

She recently announced some tour dates which you can find here. If you're in an area she is performing you should certainly stop by and catch a show because she is PHENOMENAL live!!!

Artist To Watch - Ortolan

Orlotan recently played a show at Knitting Factory in New York. I was not able to attend but after seeing their label (the same as Sufjan Stevens) I went to their Myspace to check them out. They are a female, four piece, band from Riverside, NJ. Read their bio on Sounds Familyre Records

The fact that they are from Jersey is good news for me, because it probably means it will be easy for me to see them perform live somewhere soon :)

They have recently put some songs on Itunes and I think they have a lot of potential. Certainly a young group that I'm keeping an eye on.

The Joy Formidable - Popinjay

The Joy Formidable have a new album coming soon and have recently released the first video for it. The single will be a 7" limited release starting April 5, 2010.

They are currently touring in UK and I'm hoping they will visit The States when the new album is released. Check out the single Popinjay below, it really rocks!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Artist to Watch - Skyler Stonestreet

I feel like no one knows who Skyler Stonestreet is and that makes me sad because I think she's really great. I can't remember how I came across her music in the first place but I've been listening for awhile now and I enjoy her lyrics and her sugary voice.

She grew up in Santa Barbara, Ca and began playing classical piano at the age of seven. Within a few years she found a sound and writing style that branched out from her classical roots, and became a sound all her own. She lists her influences as Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jeff Buckley, among others.

She has some singles available in Itunes and she's having an EP release show on March 20th for her new EP You. I can't find a way to buy the EP anywhere yet, but I assume it will be available soon.

Little Dragon

I wish I had known about this band sooner! I only noticed them recently when I saw that they were going to be playing with VV Brown at Johnny Brenda's in Philly this month. I will be out of town but everyone else should GO TO THIS SHOW!

I'm a fan of VV so I was curious to hear what the band touring with her sounded like. I picked up a copy of their newest album Machine Dreams. These songs really have a way of getting under your skin. They creep in without you even noticing them and I've had this album heavy in my rotation recently.

The songs aren't terribly hooky at first listen but once you get to know them the melody and the rhythm seem to separate a bit and you can really focus on Yukimi Nagano's vocals, which are brilliant.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Foals - Total Life Forever

Fans who’ve been searching the internet for more information on Foals’ highly anticipated new album Total Life Forever have been greeted with a mysterious result.

The link – – delivers an image distorted by three concentric shapes, all of which can be moved with the click of a mouse. When the shapes are arranged into the correct order and the image is completed, the viewer is greeted with a snippet of lyrics and instrumentation from one of the new songs appearing on the album.

The viewer was then presented with another image which, when completed, unveiled another new song. A new album track was added to the site each day until a preview of each song was available. I found it was easier to work from the outside in, and I really appreciate this inventive way of providing album info.

The new album is slated to be released in the UK (Transgressive) and US (Sub Pop) on May 10, 2010.

Chris Walla signs The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest are the first band to sign to Chris Walla’s new label Trans, an imprint on Atlantic. “I’ve been lucky enough to make records with tons of phenomenal bands, and I’ve considered [starting a label] a number of different times,” Walla says. “I don’t know—is it oversimplified to say it’s them and it just makes sense? This wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for the Lonely Forest. They’re a phenomenal band. I’ve been following my nose for so many years, doing the things that felt like the right thing to do. And this time the answer was yes.”

I've seen a lot of amazing things come from Chris Walla, and I trust his instinct on this one. After listening to a couple of their songs on Myspace I am really excited about this partnership and I think it's going to lead to great things on both sides. Check out their song We Sing In Time below and catch a few more on their Myspace page.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Sweet Serenade - Die young

The Sweet Serenades are from Sweden and just debuted this video for their catchy track Die Young which was recently played on Grey's Anatomy. It features Karolina from Club 8 (who also have an album being released this May).

It's a wonderful duet about not falling in love with your one night stands. Probably sound advice. Absolutely loving this track and the video as well! The track is off their debut album Balcony Cigarettes which is out now in Sweden and Germany, and later this year in the US.

Jonsi - Go

It's getting close to the April 6th release of Sigur Ros’ front-man Jón Þór Birgisson's (aka Jonsi) solo album entitled Go.

I have been anticipating this release since I heard about it last December. The album is supposed to be a little more acoustic then Sigur Ros and the first single Boy Lilikoi, which released a few months ago) has me anxious for April! Check it out below.

The single is available for download on his official website.

Friday, March 12, 2010

1,2,3, Confetti

I just found this newish band from Pittsburgh and I really like what I've heard so far. Their music is original and refreshing and I certainly see them going places in the future.

1,2,3 released their debut 7″ single in February on Ohh La La Records, which featured the more lighthearted A-Side Confetti and the darker, more gritty B-Side Can’t Bribe God. Both of which have pretty much completely different sounds but are equally great. You can hear both songs on their Myspace page, as well as a third track.

They are also being featured in the April issue (#261) of Alternative Press magazine in the “100 Bands You Need To Know in 2010" article.

matt pond PA - The Dark Leaves

On April 6, 2010 Matt Pond PA will be releasing what started out as a side project for them. The side project never fully materialized and the songs and are now reappearing as a Matt Pond PA full-length album, their eighth.

I'm excited to hear this, it's the first album in three years from this Philly/New York indie band. The release is being accompanied by three 7″ vinyls. Side-A of each 7″ will feature a new song from the upcoming full-length. Side-B will be unreleased b-sides plus an instrumental.

Check out the first single from the album with a free MP3 via Paste.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Break Tour @ Johnny Brenda's

Tuesday night (March 9, 2010) was my first visit to Johnny Brenda's in Philly. To be honest, before the Spring Break Forever Tour, I had never even heard of the venue. Totally my loss! Not only do they have decent prices on food and drinks, the music space is pretty cool, and they have totally legit bands there you guys! Upcoming events include The Fruitbats, Little Dragon, VV Brown, and Rasputina, and a slew of other awesome musicians. Needless to say I will be visiting again soon and probably in the near future.

The evening began on kind of a bad note for me because I had borrowed a super awesome HD digital camcorder to record some videos for you guys. I bought tapes for it and then forgot them at my house so the only pictures I have are some pretty lame stills that I will add tomorrow night since I am on my laptop right now. I decided that I wasn't going to let my forgetfulness ruin my night, after all you're not supposed to worry about things on Spring Break!

Allison Weiss was the first performer of the evening. I've been following her music for about 2 years now but this was my first opportunity to actually see her perform in person. She stepped on stage wearing a Tegan and Sara shirt (yes!) and a matching bandanna around her neck. Her first two songs were I Don't Want To Be Here (though she assured us she really DID want to be there), and Let's Leave. One thing I noticed pretty much immediately is that Allison is quite funny on stage, at this point she stopped to let us know that she wasn't sure what she ate today but, "I know I had an entire bag of turkey jerky."

The next leg of her set included, From You To Me, Try To Understand, and You + Me + Alcohol. I can honestly say that Allison, or Mr. Frosty as she's known on Spring Break, sounds really great live. Her vocal quality is easily as good as on her studio albums, and may even be better.

Next came Ghost Stories, a song she wrote about true events on her 2007 tour, on which she lost her GPS. After her next song, Let Me Go, Bess joined her on stage playing electric guitar and Jenny picked up the bass, making sure to compliment Allison's bangs, which Allison reciprocated, before playing. Their first song as a trio was Fingers Crossed. I really enjoyed the added background vocals by Jenny during the choruses.

For I Was An Island Bess moved over to the keyboard and Jenny shifted to Xylophone. It was pretty impressive the way the girls seamlessly shifted instruments all night long. Allison's last song of the evening was I'm Ready. Bess switched back to electric guitar for this one.

Overall this was a really fun set. She added lots of clever Spring break anecdotes in and managed to make heartbreak seem like a Spring Break blast!

After a short break Bess Rogers took the stage. She started with the title track from her last EP, Travel Back. Followed by Everything To Lose. There was a brief break during this song when Bess accidentally combined the words love and want and got, "the only thing you wuv is money" i don't think anyone would have noticed if she hadn't stopped to tell us. After some laughter and some time to regain her composure she started again and finished the song flawlessly.

I'm sort of sad to say I don't know the title of her third song. I can only assume it's a newer one that I haven't heard. It was nice though, the strumming was particularly on point during this tune and I liked the words which started out with, "Do you remember that day in 2008 when you said you love me?" After that she played Good Enough, which is a song from her upcoming album. the vocals were pristine and I get more excited about hearing the studio version every time she plays it so I hope the LP is done soon!

She followed with What We Want and then the Flux Capacitors (a side project of Bess's) cover of Pour Some Sugar On Me. Her last solo song of the night was Please Come Home. Overall her performance was a little more serious then Allison's, that's not to say she wasn't having fun. Once again it was apparent to me how seasoned a performer she is, executing wonderful music and making it seem like it takes no effort.

After that Jenny and Allison joined her on stage where they discussed their tour names, Allison = Mr. Frosty, Jenny = Pizza Pie, and Bess = Magical Boobs. Then they jumped into I Don't Worry with Jenny on ukulele and Allison on bass. After another instrument shift (Jenny on bass, Allison on keyboard) Bess played the last song of her set, Bulldozer.

After a short break, and a trip to the merch table (where I was super impressed that Allison remember my name) I was ready for Jenny's set. She started off with Dissolve and followed it up with Led To The Sea.

After this she played Transmitter Failure, which is one of my favorite songs of hers. It seemed a little softer then I am used to and I really liked that. Next was Clean Break, I'm not used to hearing this song so stripped down and this solo acoustic performance was probably my favorite version of it.

At this point Allison came up on stage to do a tequila shot (yea Spring break!) and so Jenny appropriately followed with Drinking Song. Bess joined her on stage playing the electric guitar for Voice On Tape. This version was really beautiful, it had a dreamy quality to it accentuated by Bess's guitar. They then played Start + Stop and they really rocked out on this one.

Allison joined the stage and together they played Secrets. I thought it was a sweeter version of the song with Bess on background vocals. This is one song that sounds really different to me every time I hear it. Also I've seen her perform this song with several different artists doing the other vocals which always makes it interesting.

For Last Person Allison played tambourine. During this song I realized that it was the first time I had ever seen Jenny wear anything other than Converse All-Stars (random I know.) The last song of her set was fan favorite Fuck Was I and Bess played ukulele for it. I think adding that slowed it down a little bit and I REALLY liked it. The added vocals at the end were also really awesome.

At the very end they played their Spring Break Forever Tour song and Allison had an awesome guitar solo. It was a fantastic show, great music, great venue.

After the show they got in the photo booth with me, you can see us throwing some gang signs here, my favorite is the last picture where my hair, and Allison's hair sort of framed Bess and made it look like she had long hair.